In news that won’t shock anybody at all, AMC has decided to keep “The Walking Dead” around for at least one more season. The network just announced a renewal of the TV series adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s horror comic book series.
When the series returned for its fourth season earlier this month, the premiere set a new ratings record with 20.2 million viewers, likely thanks to the seasons being easily available on Netflix Instant, and that was also a new record for any non-sports cable broadcast.
Charlie Collier, AMC president, said:
“This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”
Obviously, since it’s early in the fourth season, it’s hard to say where a fifth go round with the survivors of the zombie apocalypse will take us, but we’ll find out soon enough. What we do know though is that Scott Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, and Tom Luse. We’ll have to wait and see which cast members survive this season to know which ones might come back.
This means there will definitely be two series inspired by Kirkman’s comic book on AMC since the network also announced a spin-off companion series earlier this year that will follow a whole new band of survivors not featured in the comics, but still set within the same universe. The new endeavor will also be executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert and is currently targeting a premiere date sometime in 2015. So presuming “The Walking Dead” lasts until then, both of these series will run at the same time, which doesn’t usually happen with spin-off series.
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